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Understanding What it Means to Be “Kindergarten Ready”

Getting ready for preschool is usually a natural transition as your child ages out of younger educational child care classrooms and is ready for the next learning step preschool offers. Stepping into Kindergarten, however, is a different transition entirely. Many parents wonder, “is my child ready?” As the Kiddie Academy…

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When do you skip work/vacation/meetings/plans for your kid’s school event?

Working parents are caught in a constant tug-of-war between work responsibilities and PTO schedules, and their kid’s school calendars filled with field trips, graduations, classroom parties and more. Recently, pro golfer Phil Mickelson said he would be withdrawing from the United States Open, the only major championship he has not…

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Backseat driver

Recently, I wrote a post about avoiding technology to promote communication in my family. I often correlate using technology to time spent at home, but in reality that’s not always the case. A friend recently sent me a survey from U.S. News & World Report, noting that many parents admit…

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make it Educational!

It just wouldn't be summer without a lemonade stand! Some people might even say a lemonade stand represents the American dream - hard working entrepreneurs making waves for our economy. As parents, we are constantly seeking new and creative ways to keep our kids educationally motivated throughout the summer. But…

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Tell me about it!

Like most working parents, I savor every moment with my children. But let’s face it - those precious moments are usually few and far between during the work week. You only have your children’s full attention for so long, so why not make the best of it? It wasn't until…

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Roundup: Parental Control Tools for Smartphones, Tablets and Tech

Even if your child doesn't have his or her own computer, iPod, smartphone or tablet, many parents routinely hand over their own device for their children to use. Wondering which tools are available to help make your child's online experience a bit safer? Here's a list of a few free…

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Plan a Summer Camp Adventure

Designed for children up to age 12, our summer Camp Adventure curriculum is built upon a series of themes designed to inspire your child to explore, create, interact and stay active during the summer months. Each theme contains a variety of activities including Creative Arts, Creative Dramatics/Music/Movement, Language Arts, Math,…

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Thrift Store Shopping Tips for Families

I have a confession to make - I am a thrift store addict.  I don't want help to overcome this addiction.  Actually, I'm recruiting others to this cause. Some of my friends don't understand my fascination with stopping at every thrift store I see.  And I can't comprehend their reluctance…

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10 Family-Friendly Earth Day Activities

Looking for ideas for celebrating this year's Earth Day with your family? Here's a list of 10 eco-friendly family activities compiled by the Kiddie Academy education team: Involve your children in finding ways to repurpose things you already own before you purchase new items. Ask your children to help you…

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Simple Ways to Connect With your Child

All parents want to maintain a close relationship with their children. As newborns, they depend on us for everything. But, as they grow and begin their journey to independence, staying connected can become more difficult. How many times have you asked your child what they learned that day and been…

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